The first 2 episodes of WandaVision, Marvel Studios’ new show featuring Wanda Maximoff and Vision from the Marvel Cinematic Universe aired on Disney+ today. Check out my initial thoughts on the first 2 episodes below. Fair warning though – there may be a few spoilers!
I didn’t quite know what to expect when I sat down to watch the first offering from the MCU since Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. I did NOT expect to be watching a black and white 50’s sitcom with Wanda and Vision attempting to keep up appearances as a married couple in a typical suburban town. Initial shock aside, it didn’t take long for me to become wrapped up in this strangely fascinating sitcom, where at times I forgot that this was a superhero show! The sitcom style to the show is strange at times and a unique theme to employ but I think after watching the first 2 episodes this will play off in the long run.
Agnes, played by Kathryn Hahn, is the perfect nosy neighbour, pressing for more information on Wanda and Vision and I like how at this point Vision and Wanda both don’t really have a clue what’s going on they are just rolling with it. Agnes is a great character and she makes a few comments in the first 2 episodes that make you think she knows more than what she is letting on.
The dinner party scene was intriguing, there is a light-hearted, funny, sitcom theme to start, but once Mr Hart begins to choke on his food, it suddenly gets a whole lot darker. The ‘stop it’ scene was super unsettling and the forced laughter that followed was equally as disturbing. During that scene, Wanda seemed to be almost commanding Vision, perhaps he is just a part of the illusion she’s creating?
I was left with a number of questions after the first episode; why was the episode in black and white? Who was watching Vision and Wanda through the TV? Is this is all just a fabrication of Wanda’s creations?
The second episode picks up the pace from the first episode and we get a less sitcom-feely episode. It seems more and more likely that the series is going ‘through the decades’ with every episode. For example, in episode one, the town of Westview appears to be set during the 1950s and then in episode it’s a 60s setting. By the end of episode 2, the setting seems to change to the 1970s. This is reinforced by the initial title sequences to each of the 2 episodes being a nod to classic sitcom intros from the relevant decade.
There were a number of easter eggs in the first two episodes, like the creepy commercials showcasing the Toastmate 2000, made by a certain Stark industries in episode 1 and the Strücker Swiss-Made watch featuring the Hydra logo in episode 2. Both of these commercials have links to Wanda’s past; the Stark bomb from Sokovia and Strücker torturing her and her brother. This implies that the show is revisiting her trauma and no doubt we can expect to see more of these easter eggs throughout.
The scene between Wanda and Agnes, in which Dottie says “The devil’s in the details”, to which Agnes adds “That’s not all he’s in”, is a major indication that Mephisto (basically Marvel’s version of the devil), will play a part in the story. This could be a major clue for what’s to follow, as in the comics fragments of Mephisto’s soul are actually in Wanda’s children, and of course at the end of episode 2 Wanda is seemingly pregnant.
I was worried at how that classic MCU blockbuster movie feeling would translate over to a television series but thus far they’ve nailed it! Despite having seen no ‘action’ yet, we’ve had plenty of humour, mystery and a number of nods to Marvel comics throughout. The whole scene with Vision being ‘drunk’ and the magic act was hilarious and it was nice to see Vision in a fun kind of role. Who knew you could simply take him out with a piece of gum?
For only 2 half-an-hour episodes, WandaVision is certainly set up to be an intriguing and mysterious series. I haven’t even covered all of the other easter eggs like the bee keeper at the end of the episode with the SWORD logo on the back as well as the toy helicopter with the logo featured on it. There’s plenty to be admired about the first 2 episodes and I’m already looking forward to episode 3.